Emily Carroll of the UFV women’s volleyball team jousts at the net with a Vancouver Island University opponent during Friday night’s action at the Envision Athletic Centre.

Emily Carroll of the UFV women’s volleyball team jousts at the net with a Vancouver Island University opponent during Friday night’s action at the Envision Athletic Centre.

CIS/PacWest wrap: Top-ranked Cascades volleyballers beat Mariners in clash of undefeateds

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades validated their status as the No. 1-ranked collegiate women’s volleyball team in the nation.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades validated their status as the No. 1-ranked collegiate women’s volleyball team in the nation, sweeping a pair of weekend games at home vs. Vancouver Island University.

Both the defending national champion Cascades and the Mariners – ranked No. 7 in Canada – were undefeated coming in, but UFV prevailed in three sets on Friday and in five on Saturday to improve to 8-0 in PacWest conference play.

• In men’s volleyball action, the Cascades fell to 3-5 on the season after dropping a three-set decision to VIU on Friday and a four-setter on Saturday.

• The UFV women’s basketball team, ranked No. 3 in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), picked up a pair of impressive road wins vs. the Victoria Vikes.

The Cascades (4-0) won 68-55 victory on Friday and 77-61 on Saturday. Sarah Wierks was outstanding both nights – she had 21 points in the opener, and a double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds) in the second game.

• The Cascades men’s hoopsters were swept by a very strong Vikes squad which is ranked No. 4 in the CIS.

UFV (2-2) pushed Victoria to the limit on Friday, falling 70-65 despite 21 points from Kadeem Willis. The rematch wasn’t as close, as UVic pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 74-55.

• The Columbia Bible College basketball teams were on Vancouver Island on the weekend, and and the men’s squad picked up their first win of the season, beating the Camosun Chargers 108-104 in overtime on Saturday. Marcio Juk led the way with 39 points for the Bearcats (1-3), who were coming off an 89-57 loss to VIU the previous night.

• The CBC women’s basketball team (0-4) dropped both games on the Island, falling 72-34 to VIU and 72-38 to Camosun.

• The Bearcats men’s volleyball team (4-4) maintained their .500 record by splitting a pair of home games vs. Camosun. They lost in four sets on Friday, but bounced back to win a four-setter Saturday.

• The injury-wracked CBC women’s volleyball squad is still seeking its first victory of the season – the Bearcats (0-8) fell in four sets Friday and in three on Saturday to Camosun.